Nintendo is still supporting the 2DS and 3DS

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According to Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, the 2DS and 3DS handheld systems will continue to be supported for the time being. In a multilayered discussion with Kotaku, Fils-Aime broached many subjects including the absence of a mini classic release of the Nintendo 64.

But, Kotaku also discussed some Nintendo gamers’ exhaustion with continuing to see announcements for games on the 3DS such as the port of Luigi’s Mansion and the recent WarioWare Gold title. The narrative is that many fans feel that games for the 2DS and 3DS should also be released on Switch. Fils-Aime had this to share:

“To the Kotaku reader what I would say is, clearly, our development focus is on Nintendo Switch. You look at the plethora of content we’ve launched; the plethora of content we’ve announced. That is clearly where our development focus is. However, there are a lot of five, six, and seven-year olds who have an opportunity to have their first gaming device and to have a fantastic gaming experience. And that’s what our dedicated handheld business is for, both the 2DS and the 3DS.”

When Kotaku pressed the Nintendo exec on the issue sharing that the discontentment isn’t with games being released on the 2DS and 3DS systems, but it is due to the fact that games are brought to those handhelds and not Switch, also. Fils-Aime responded simply with the following:

“Well, we want the newest experience to be on Switch. That’s why the upcoming Luigi’s Mansion game is going to be a fantastic experience.”

Clearly, Nintendo still has a lot of love for 2DS and 3DS systems and their lengthy tenure as the company’s handheld offering. And, while adults at media outlets and on social media have the opportunity to provide feedback, Nintendo is recognizing the youngsters who can still greatly benefit from the handheld.

Do you still play your Nintendo 2DS or 3DS like I do? Or, are you ready to move past those systems and see full dedication to the Nintendo Switch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Kotaku

Chris Hinton
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night.  Somewhere in between all of that, I'm a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too.  If a game is all about action, there's a safe bet I'm playing it.  I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin' on the ol' Atari and haven't stopped since.